Incat Designs Founder Philip Hercus Passes Away

  • Incat Designs Founder Philip Hercus Passes Away
04 Sep 2017

Incat Crowther is saddened by the passing of Philip Hercus. As the founder Incat Designs, Phil is one of the forefathers of Incat Crowther, and indeed the marine design industry in Australia.

Phil Hercus’ contribution to the industry was immense. In the 1980s, he pioneered the introduction of aluminium catamaran passenger vessels in tourist areas such as the Great Barrier Reef before developing the Wave Piercing Catamaran. In 1990, one of these vessels won the Hales Trophy for the fastest crossing of the Atlantic Ocean for a commercial vessel. Phil was awarded the Order of Australia in 1995 for his services to the industry.

In addition, Phil gave many young draftsman and naval architects their start in the industry, many of whom went on to form their own design businesses that have kept Australia at the forefront of the field.

Incat Crowther extends its condolences to Phil’s wife Jan and two children, Ben and Fiona.